Is there a graphical data counter for Ubuntu that records how much uploaded/downloaded data was used and bandwidth being used and total amounts, filtering it by application?

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    Take a look at my answer here
    – Mitch
    May 23, 2013 at 14:09
  • sOrry Any Other Alternate? :( May 23, 2013 at 14:14

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You can use the program nethogs from the standard repository for this.

sudo apt-get install nethogs

sudo nethogs (it requires root privileges to run)

This tracks the network usage of all processes while it is running. When it starts it shows the current rate at which everything is sending/receiving, but you can press 'm' to switch it to cumulative amounts (and further times to display it as kB/B/MB). It will split sent/received data as well as show you a cumulative total across all processes from the time at which it was run.

Source: Software to show amount of data transfer of each process

  • I Need Graphical Version Of Tool :( May 23, 2013 at 14:14
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    Out of interest, is there any particular reason you need a graphical program as opposed to a terminal one? As far as I could see there weren't really any viable GUI options, and this seemed to best fit the bill for what you wanted to do.
    – Jez W
    May 24, 2013 at 11:43

Try WireShark. Wireshark is a network tool that captures and analyzes packets off the wire. Wireshark can decode too many protocols.

For more information see WireShark's Website

To download and install click the image below.

Install via the software center

  • Its Very Hard To Use And When I`m Trying To Capture its displaying there are no interfaces on which capture can be done geting some sort of errors :( i need a simple tool May 23, 2013 at 14:59

This won't list by application, but it does make graphs, which seem to be important to you, and you can get a pretty good idea about which apps are being nethogs by looking at the IP addresses—your mail uplink would be your mail client, web sites would likely be your browser, etc.

sudo apt-get install darkstat
sudo darkstat -i wwan0 4288

Then just browse to http://localhost:4288 to see the graphs.

The command above assumes you want to track your mobile broadband usage, and that your 3G/4G modem uses the wwan0 interface. If you want to track wifi, try wlan0, or type the command ifconfig to see which interfaces are available—they're the alphanumeric strings flushed to the left.

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